Law is not the only subject of study and research at the Faculty. Rather, law is coupled together with political science. In modern society, law and politics are both indispensable and inseparable. These two fields support each other mutually: politics establishes and enacts laws, while laws shape and guide politics.
At the Faculty of Law, students study the administrative, legislative and judicial branches of the government from a wide range of angles. These concepts are huge, complex and important phenomena that have a direct influence on people’s existence, lives and well-being. Students are expected to acquire fundamental legal thinking skills and basic political insight. For some people, the term “Faculty of Law” may conjure up images of a school that trains students to be lawyers. The Faculty of Law’s graduates, however, go into diverse career paths. Even for students who aspire to be lawyers, it is the Faculty’s policy to provide education that does not focus strictly on a narrow definition of “law.”
Finally, the Law Library, as a facility that supports this policy, cannot go without mention. As a library specialized in law and politics, it boasts one of world’s largest collections of its kind. The library houses more than 800,000 books, and the majority of them are books published in Western languages. Upon encountering this huge collection, one cannot help but appreciate the history and depth of this academic discipline.
Department II: Legal Profession Course
Department III: Political Science Course
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